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Detroit’s Focus: HOPE will receive $3 million in apprenticeship grants to train the workforce of the future in information technology and advanced manufacturing.

The announcement of the Department of Labor grants came Wednesday as President Barack Obama visited Macomb Community College in Warren. In total, $175 million will be distributed to organizations, institution and businesses across the country.

The funding will be used to expand the Detroit organization’s current training programs and to create new apprenticeship opportunities.

“President Obama has long advocated for the federal government to invest in workforce training,” said Focus: HOPE’s CEO, William F. Jones Jr. “We are grateful he is committed to Focus: HOPE’s mission. Apprenticeship programs give students a competitive edge in securing the good-paying jobs that are in high demand now and in the future.”

Using the grant money, Focus: HOPE will partner with several organizations, educational institutions and employers to expand apprenticeship training opportunities targeting minorities, women, veterans, the under-employed and unemployed, and low-skilled residents.

Focus: HOPE’s goal is to prepare 300 trainees for careers in advanced manufacturing, information technologies, quality engineering, graphic design and other areas.

JChambers@detroitnews.com

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